Community

Kager Lake

The Burns Lake Community Forest (BLCF) is centred around the Village of Burns Lake and lies within the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples. As a community-owned Community Forest, BLCF is focused on balancing social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

BLCF’s harvesting, silviculture, and forest management activities provide benefits for the Village of Burns Lake, First Nations partners, and for all residents of the Lakes Timber Supply Area in a sustainable manner.

Kager Lake

The BLCF generously supports community initiatives and has contributed more than $2.5 million since its inception in 2000, as well as in-kind support to more than 90 organizations and projects within the community.

BLCF welcomes input from the public and adheres to an “open door” policy for engagement. It utilizes a variety of channels to keep shareholder, partners, First Nation communities, and the public informed on a variety of news, information, and initiatives through:

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Annual Reports
  • Monthly Board Meeting Summaries 
  • Media Advertising and weekly Community Forest Corner in the Lakes District News
  • Open Houses for public review and information on operations
  • Announcements
  • Social media updates
  • Participation at local events such as the Lakes District Fall Fair, Aboriginal Day, Christmas Parade, Craft Fairs, and non-profit group events

Donation History

2013 / 2014
$1,000 Grassy Plains School
$1,000 Burns Lake Bruins Peewee Hockey
$1,000 Burns Lake Midget A Hockey
$2,500 Burns Lake Youth Soccer Club
$500 Canadian Cancer Society
$500 Burns Lake Fire & Rescue
$750 Grassy Plains Community Hall
$1,936 Omineca Ski Club
$2,200 Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club
$2,500 Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association
$2,500 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corp 3080
$2,500 Francois Tchesinkut Recreation Commission
$7,500 Lakes District Arts Council
$3,500 Lakes District Fall Fair Association
$30,000 Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society
$1,000 The Young Rainbow Warrior Society
$5,000 Burns Lake Public Library
$500 BLNDC National Aboriginal Day
$500 Burns lake and District Chamber of Commerce
$500 Southside Economic Development Association
$750 Burns Lake Citizens on Patrol
$500 Burns Lake Mountain Biking
$1,000 Decker Lake Recreation Committee
$500 Wet’suwet’en First Nations
$500 Colleymount Recreation Commission
$1,500 Burns Lake Figure Skating
$740 WKE
$2,500 Burns Lake Rotary Club
$450 Village of Burns Lake
$2,000 Omineca Ski Club
$1,000 Lakes District Food Bank
$1,500 Snowmobile Club
2016 / 2017
$2,500 Burns Lake Rotary Club
$200 Wet’suwet’en First Nations
$1,000 Grassy Plains School Parent Advisory Committee
$2,000 Lakes District Food Bank
$4,500 Decker Lake Parent Advisory Council
$1,000 Benedict D’Silva
$469 Burns Lake’s Christmas Give Away Contest
$2,000 William Konkin Elementary School
$835 William Konkin Elementary School
$1,300 LDSS Ski/Snowboarding Teams
$4,720 Burns Lake Youth Soccer
$13,600 Burns Lake Community Garden Society
$29,000 Lakes District Senior Housing Association
$12,500 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
$1,500 Burns Lake and District Community Foundation
$10,000 Lakes District Arts Council
$5,000 Burns Lake Curling Club
$11,700 Burns Lake Public Library
$2,000 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$21,000 Lakes District Fall Fair
$1,350 Burns Lake Men’s Breakfast Group
$5,000 LDSS Mountain Biking
$1,000 Burns Lake Native Development Corporation
$500 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$30,000 Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society
$3,000 Burns Lake Rotary Club
$5,000 Burns Lake Bandits
$3,800 LDSS Girls Soccer Team
$2,000 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$1,000 Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
$5,000 Lakeside Multiplex
$4,200 Lakes Literacy
$798 LDSS Drama Department
$500 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
$5,000 Wet’suwet’en First Nation
$1,000 Lakes Animal Friendship Society
$2,500 Lakes District Roping Club
$1,000 Ryann Van Tine
$1,000 Molly Nicholas
$1,000 Wet’suwet’en First Nations
$4,000 Burns Lake Snowmobile Club
$2,500 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
$2,504 W.K.E., Decker Lake Elementary School, and LDSS
$1,800 Burns Lake Christian Supportive Society
$500 Terry Fox Run Fundraiser
$3,000 Lakes District Pony Club
$100 Lakes Animal Friendship Society
$3,800 LDSS Boys Soccer Team
$5,000 1st Burns Lake Scouts
$5,000 Fraser Lake Fire and Rescue
$46,576 Burns Lake Fire Training Society
$7,000 Lakes District Food Bank

 

2015 / 2016
$500 Junior Achievement of B.C.
$1,000 Burns Lake Snowmobile Club
$687 Burns Lake and District Chamber of Commerce
$200 Omineca Ski Club
$500 Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
$1,300 LDSS Snowboarding Teams
$1,200 LDSS Senior Basketball Team
$1,575 Partner in Safety, Platinum Sponsorship
$1,000 Wet’suwet’en First Nation
$1,600 Burns Lake Bruin Midget Hockey Team
$1,300 LDSS Senior Girls Basketball
$740 William Konkin Elementary School
$10,000 Lakes District Arts Council
$500 Burns Lake Citizens on Patrol
$15,000 Lakes District Fall Fair
$30,000 Lakes District Airport Society
$617 Beacon Theatre
$1,000 Burns Lake Dry Grad Committee
$30,000 Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society
$4,500 Burns Lake Youth Soccer Club
$2,500 Lakeside Multiplex-Village of Burns Lake
$2,500 Decker Lake Elementary School
$15,500 Omineca Owls Biathlon Club
$1,000 Burns Lake Native Development Corporation
$500 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$3,300 Movin on Up After School Program
$2,500 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
$6,950 Wet’suwet’en First Nation
$2,000 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
$20,000 Burns Lake Band
$2,000 WFN Golf Tournament
$740 William Konkin Elementary School
$500 Terry Fox Run
$11,600 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50
$5,000 1st Burns Lake Scouts
$5,000 Omineca Ski Club
$2,000 Burns Lake Chamber of Commerce
$1,000 Lakes Animal Friendship Society

 

2017 / 2018
$5,000 Office of the Wet’suwet’en
$200 Ducks Unlimited Canada
$400 Wet’suwet’en First Nation
$15,098 Tweedsmuir Recreation Commission
$20,000 Tweedsmuir Park Rod & Gun
$2,000 Lakes District Food Bank
$5,750 Lenah Sherwood
$1,000 Lakes Animal Friendship Society
$5,000 North Control Pitbulls
$300 Carrier Sekani Family Services
$3,600 Canadian Cancer Society
$1,000 Burns Lake Snowmobile Club
$5,000 Omineca Ski Club
$1,500 LDSS Ski/Snowboarding Team
$5,500 Decker Lake Recreation Commission
$5,000 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$3,000 Lakes District Museum Society
$5,000 Lakes District Festival Association
$4,550 Southside 4-H Club
$20,000 Lakes District Fall fair Association
$13,380 Rose Lake Community Club
$9,414 Ootsa Lake Bible Camp
$5,000 Burns Lake Youth Soccer
$32,500 Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society
$12,357 Burns Lake Community Garden
$100 Royal Canadian Legion
$10,000 Lakes District Arts Council
$3,000 Burns Lake Mountain Biking Festival
$1,000 Burns Lake Native Development Corporation
$450 Burns Lake Little League
$1,600 First Responders Café Society
$1,500 LDSS Mountain Biking Team
$2,000 Wet’suwet’en First Nation
$500 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$1,000 Thomas Willner
$500 Teaira Bishop
$2,000 Burns Lake Youth Soccer
$50,000 Lakes District Family Enhancement Society
$7,137 Colleymount Recreation Society
$4,701 Tchesinkut Watershed Protection Society
$2,385 Local Schools
$1,500 WFN
$500 Lakes District Roping Club
$1,000 Lakes Animal Friendship Society
$1,000 Baker’s Acres
$1,000 Lakes District Fall fair Association
$1,850 Burns Lake Paintball Association
$587 Beacon Theatre
$500 Terry Fox Run
$1,905 Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
$1,000 Tyson Van Tine
$2,500 Northwest District Female Hockey Team
$1,000 Avery Wilson
$1,000 Hailey Eakin
$5,000 1st Burns Lake Scouts
$900 Burns Lake Firefighters Association
$1,000 Amanda St-Onge

Community Benefit

For Fiscal 2015/2016

  • A total $187,619 was donated to 28 different organizations in the community, as well as $13,100 in-kind contributions.
  • 119,960 hours of direct employment (about 53 FTE hrs).
  • Purchased over 3 million dollars worth of goods and services (more than 85% local).
  • Over 1 million trees planted 50/50 spruce/pine mix.
  • $ 162,850 was paid in stumpage to B.C. government.

Key Performance Indicators and Commitments

BLCF recognizes the crucial role Community members play in Burns Lake and is committed to creating an inclusive agenda, engaging and informing the public. We plan to facilitate engagement with Community members on the proceedings of the Community Forest Agreement K1A license, develop a broad community outreach and engagement program, and seek out feedback by:

  • Hosting a General Meeting every fiscal year to report out on activities and management of the Community Forest Agreement K1A license.
  • Attending and facilitating community events, including National Forest Week and the Open House BBQ.
  • Prioritizing transparent communication through a variety of mediums including local printed news, Facebook, Twitter, and the BLCF news portal.
  • Encouraging open, transparent, and inclusive contract award and bidding opportunities.
  • Hosting a contractor’s community engagement session to solicit feedback on aiding local and small contracting opportunities.
  • Inspiring community interaction and involvement by creating a field session.
  • Developing a dispute resolution process overseen by our FSC Group Manager.